One of the best books I've read this year. This is my first review ever and I am doing this for the first time because of the impact this book has had on me. I love how this book is about the characters' crossings back and forth between North America and Ireland and also how the characters' lives are interwoven within the context of actual historical events. It makes the characters seem all the more tangible -- as if they weren't already. McCann writes with such inventive use of metaphor I had to stop the audio every now and again just to absorb the words and the imagery they evoked. But this wasn't overdone -- thank goodness -- otherwise I'd still be listening to it!
Lottie's life seemed to span most of the book's 170+ years and linked together not only the beginning and end of the book but also both sides of the Atlantic. She captured just enough optimism to overcome some of the challenges experienced by her ancestors and her successors.
Her accent was just noticeable enough to feel authentic without encumbering the dialogue. She lent sensitivity to some of the more tragic and heartfelt moments in the book so that I felt the events without noticing the narration.
Many. That's what makes this such a great book. Whether its famine, slavery, the conflict in Northern Ireland, or the courage to cross the Atlantic in such a small plane. There are many such moments in this book that it makes you log onto Wikipedia just to get more information about these events.
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